Paladino Responds to Racism Allegations

September 26, 2013 Updated Sep 26, 2013 at 7:33 PM EDT

By Jill Perkins

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September 26, 2013 Updated Sep 26, 2013 at 7:33 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Buffalo Board of Education member Carl Paladino says his Wednesday motion to have Superintendent Pamela Brown resign is based on competency and not racism.

Despite his efforts, the board came to a divided vote to keep Brown.

Four white men voting to oust her and five black women deciding she’ll stay.

During the public comment portion of the 7 hour meeting, parents and taxpayers insinuated that Paladino’s motion was rooted in racism and sexism, but Paladino says that couldn’t be any farther from the truth.

He says he doesn’t care about race or gender, but does feel that Brown is not experienced enough to handle a school district of Buffalo’s magnitude.

Pamela Brown released a statement to Eyewitness News, saying:

"At this time, I am focusing on student needs. I listened carefully to feedback from both the board and the speakers at last night’s board meeting, and will take all of their comments into consideration as I move the District forward."